West Virginia Universitys Mountaineer Parents Club will say goodbye to National Chair Susan Hardesty during the upcoming Mountaineer Parents Club University Saturday, April 21, at the WVU Creative Arts Center. Hardesty, wife of WVU President David C. Hardesty, Jr., will address the club and participate in the day-long conference as her last official act as chair.

The Mountaineer Parents Club University provides club officers and volunteers from across the county an opportunity to visit the WVU campus to exchange ideas, participate in panel discussions and learn more about club development and supporting their students attending the University.

This years conference will be a bittersweet event for all of us,said Sabrina Cave, Club director.We are thrilled to once again be bringing parents from all over the country to our campus to learn more about their local club, but we are saddened that this will be Mrs. Hardestys last major event with us. Her leadership and involvement has helped develop this club into a nationally recognized and highly respected organization. She has helped thousands of WVU parents take an active role in their students experience at WVU .

Highlights of the conference will include presentations by the Hardestys, panel discussions with several top WVU administrators, a mock summer send-off, a College of Creative Arts music performance and Club awards ceremony.

We are thrilled about our guest line-up and presentations being offered this year,Cave said.It truly demonstrates this administrations dedication to this organization and the importance of sharing information directly with parents.

Susan Hardesty will kick off the event with welcoming remarks and comments about recent club successes. David C Hardesty, Jr. will address the organization with a presentation,Ten Characteristics of a Highly Effective Organization,in which he will relate specific attributes of effectiveness with parent involvement in the Mountaineer Parents Club.

Also scheduled to present are:

  • WVU Provost Jerry Lang presenting information about a new Leadership Studies minor the University will offer
  • Vice-President of Student Affairs, Ken Gray who will speak on the importance of the Mountaineer Parents Club organization
  • Vice-President University Advancement and Marketing, Christine Martin will share some new marketing strategies
  • Dean of Students, David Stewart, will present information on the WVU study abroad program, student legal services, career services and off-campus housing services
  • Director of Department of Public Safety and Transportation, Bob Roberts, will present student safety and transportation information
  • Morgantown City Mayor, Ron Justice, will address off-campus housing inspection codes
  • Director of Student Health Services, Jan Palmer, will share information regarding new vaccination requirements and a new wellness facility
  • WVU Parent Advocate, Katie Utterback, will highlight current topics of interest to Club members.

The group will also participate in a mock summer send-off during the day. The Mountaineer Parents Club helps organize approximately 60 summer send off events each yearan event in which WVU students and parents gather to meet and network with other WVU families prior to their studentsdeparture for college.

The Mountaineer Parents Club was as one of five student life initiatives by President Hardesty to encourage networking, communication and support between WVU students, their parents and other WVU families. Club members are provided news and information about the University and encouraged to support their students through activities and events occurring both on campus and in their hometowns.

The organization currently boasts 15,400 members, 15 state chairs and three international chairs. Susan Hardesty has served as national chair of the organization since its formation in 1995.

More information about the Mountaineer Parents Club can be found on line athttp://parentsclub.wvu.edu/.